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HMS Victorious Commissioning Book 1966-1967 - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Victorious Commissioning Book 1966-1967

Another commissioning book published by Gale & Polden Portsmouth. The cover shows age staining and fading front and back and the spine shows wear. Despite this the 99 pages are clean and this historic book is perfectly readable despite the passing years . Masses of photographs and cartoons and a comprehensive record of life on board this famous carrier during ‘the swinging sixties’ . If you or family members served on board at this time this is one from the bookshelf remembering the times when the Senior Service had proper fixed wing carriers in the Fleet!

Pages: 99
Cover: Hard
Author: Captain T.S.McIntosh & the Ships Company

This is a Used Book
HMS Ark Royal 1970-1973 6th Commissioning Book - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Ark Royal 1970-1973 6th Commissioning Book

Privately Printed in 1973 and profusely illustrated with photographs & drawings. The maroon front and back cloth cover shows some age related rippling but inside the pages are very clean and the bindings firm . The book was published for the officers and ratings of the aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL and marks the ship's sixth commission between 1970 and 1973. Over this period she made four Mediterranean deployments, three voyages to the West Indies, and three cruises in the Norwegian Sea. The Cold War was still in being and the infamous KOTLIN incident took place. The Soviet destroyer was shadowing ARK ROYAL but came too close and collided with the carrier. The combined efforts of Royal Naval ships and the KOTLIN rescued five of the seven Russian sailors who fell overboard on impact. The commission also saw ARK ROYAL called upon to display her power at Belize, and she made visits to Florida and New York in addition to taking part in NATO exercises. A fine reminder of a fine ship and a perfect addition to the library of a crew member or their family .

Pages: 116
Cover: Hard
Author: Captain A.D.Cassidi, A.D.C. & The Sh

OC368 Aircraft Rating- Certificate of Test Rubber Stamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft Rating- Certificate of Test Rubber Stamp - An original rubber stamp which we imagine would have been used to stamp a log book to certify the person named had passed the appropriate test of his ability to act as pilot in command (P1) or co-pilot of the designated type of aircraft detailed. Spaces detailed for a signature, date and the Civil Aviation Authority Authorisation number . The final wording confirms ‘This certificate is valid for 13 months from the date of the test shown above’.The stamp appears to have a decent age to it although we are unsure how old it is . Would add an air of authenticity to an aviation desk or display! We don't have an ink pad here but the rubber looks to be in good condition.
Stamp measures 4”x 2.25” ( 10 cm x 6 cm)
PC205 RAF K Type Dinghy Mast, Sail and Storage case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF K Type Dinghy Mast, Sail and Storage case - the original K life raft was introduced in January 1942 as a single man boat which was simply paddle powered or more likely simply drifted with the current. One year later a mast and sail were added to the kit to enable the dingy to be sailed down wind and so increase the chance of rescue. The telescopic alloy mast , sail and rigging lines would all have been stored in the dingy pack , a fine example of which we are also listing today. The mast , stores reference 27C/2054, is made from seven light alloy metal tubes which telescope to a minimum length of 15” (38cm) and when extended, the 66” (69m) for storage. The head of the mast is fitted with a flange to which three stabilising shrouds are connected . The lower end is plugged and fits into the recess provided for it on the thwart. This example is complete and in exceptional condition with no issues . The red cotton sail Stores reference 27C/2085 is equally good with just a couple minor stains and is in the form of an isosceles triangle. The instructions for use are always to hand being printed on the back of the sail! All rigging lines and sheets are in place and all in apparently unused condition . To complete the set we also have the very scarce issue storage bag Stores reference 27C/2056. Made from red cotton, this was used to store the mast, guy lines and sail within the seat pack types A, MK.II and III & 111* The case is fully stamped with basic instructions and stores reference number. This is a very complete and scarce set in fine condition and would display perfectly with an appropriate seat pack or could provide the finishing touch if you are lucky enough to own an appropriate RAF K life raft.
PC204 Emergency Seat Pack Rubber Water Cushion - Click for the bigger picture SoldEmergency Seat Pack Rubber Water Cushion - this example is fitted within a zipped canvas pouch stamped Stores ref 27C/2134 ‘ Jecco’. This company was founded in Bournemouth in 1926 under the name John E Clarke and Company Ltd, a coach and car trimming business designing car hoods, coachworks and other products and was contractor to the Air Ministry in WW11 . The zip ( by Dot) is in working order and by opening reveals the water cushion inside. The cushion has a metal plug for filling and emptying( marked 27) in the corner of the cushion .The cap retention chain is in place but no longer attached to the cap . The cushion is complete although the rubber is somewhat dried with minor cracking to edges and can no longer be guaranteed for its original purpose but back in WW11 would literally have been a life saver to aircrew who crashed in the desert or at sea ! It is faintly stamped with Stores Ref nos 27C/2138.

PC207 RAF Gosport tubes Stores Reference Nos 6F/154 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Gosport tubes Stores Reference Nos 6F/154 - a good original set with interesting provenance.The Bakelite earpieces are both marked with the RAF stores reference number,Kings Crown and AM property mark.The swivel connections work fine and the cloth covered metal tubes arein generally good shape with one minor abrasion mark .The aluminium plug on the opposite end is again in good condition with signs of normal service wear .Unusually this pair is fitted with a rubber tubes near each earpiece, perhaps added to avoid abrasion from the flying helmet . This set came from the estate of a famous French pilot, M. Victor Mérentier, originally from Marseille. He helped establish between 1927-1929 the first aero postal routes around the world and in particular from France to Africa, then over Atlantic to the USA together with his colleagues Mermoz, Saint-Exupéry and Guillaumet, all legends in their home country. We are unclear if he served in WW11 perhaps with the Free French as that might explain why he was in possession of Air Ministry property !

6340b RAF Very Pistol - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Very Pistol - These were issued with one-man and multi- place dinghies to enable downed RAF aircrew to attract the attention of passing aircraft or ships.They were also carried by fighter pilots tucked into their flying boots so to hand if required in an emergency. The barrel is numbered 48616 and the pistol cocks and ‘fires’ with a very positive action. The the grips are in good condition, as is the retracting lanyard loop . This flare gun was in ‘live’ condition when purchased so we have had it deactivated so can be legally owned in the UK without a fire arms certificate . We also had the detached breach locking spring repaired . These are now getting increasingly hard to find and will make an excellent addition to an RAF collection. An identical example is illustrated in Mick Prodgers excellent reference book 'Luftwaffe V RAF Flying Equipment of the Air War 1939-45' on pages 68 & 69. Measures 8” (20 cm)
4879 Art Deco Bakelite RAF Trinket Box - Click for the bigger picture SoldArt Deco Bakelite RAF Trinket Box - A classic example of a 1930’s Art Deco trinket box with a design to the lid that shouts Odeon cinema! The box is made from brown fleck Bakelite and carries an applied RAF kings Crown brevet to the lid which could possibly have been fashioned from a sweetheart badge . The lid hinges up and reveals a decent size storage area inside and no doubt would have been used on a ladies desk or dressing table . Bakelite was prone to chipping and this box is no exception with a very small chip to the rear top right corner of the lid but this really does not detract from a rather unusual and attractive piece that will appeal to both an RAF , Bakelite or 1930’s collector . Measures 4” x 4” x 3 1/2” high ( 10 cm x 10 cm x 8.5 cm )
4893 WWII Blitz Ashtray Made Of Stone Recovered From The Houses of Parliament - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Blitz Ashtray Made Of Stone Recovered From The Houses of Parliament - The London Stonecraft Company were permitted to make souvenirs for sale to the general public to raise funds on behalf of HRH The Duke of Gloucester's Red Cross and St. John Fund. The objects they produced included bookends,inkwells,letter racks, ashtrays and serviette rings and they utilised stones recovered from historic bombed London buildings including the House of Commons after being bombed by the Luftwaffe in the London Blitz in 1940 and 1941. They also used historic stone from other damaged London buildings particularly from the East End that was very badly hit. Our ashtray is made from Portland Stone and a hand written label stating ‘Made from the bombed houses of Parliament 1941’ is attached to the base. The edge of the astray features stone in the rough and is dressed stone to top ; the base is covered in felt. The centre of the ashtray carries a British Lion and below the legend 'London 1941' . From our research the Houses of Parliament were bombed by the Luftwaffe on 20th September 1940, 8th December the same year and again on 10/11 May 1941 a raid which caused the greatest damage to the Palace of Westminster.Interestingly The House of Lords had more luck in being struck by a bomb which passed through the floor of the Chamber without exploding! Our ashtray measures 6” diameter and stands 1 1/4” tall ( 15 cm x 3 cm ) The lead seal shows minor age wear (as shown in our picture) but this does not detract form a historical souvenir from the darkest days of WW11.
5100 A pair of original WWII Blitz bookends made from Historic Portland Stone - Click for the bigger picture SoldA pair of original WWII Blitz bookends made from Historic Portland Stone - The London Stonecraft Company were permitted to make souvenirs for sale to the general public to raise funds on behalf of HRH The Duke of Gloucester's Red Cross and St. John Fund. The objects they produced included bookends,inkwells,letter racks, ashtrays and serviette rings and they utilised stones recovered from historic bombed London buildings including the House of Commons after being bombed by the Luftwaffe in the London Blitz in 1940 and 1941. They also used historic stone from other damaged London buildings particularly from the East End that was very badly hit. Whilst we don’t know for sure where this stone originated, we believe it likely to be taken from The Houses of Parliament, a fact possible endorsed by the Bulldog motif which is often associated with our then Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The bookends measure 6" high x 4 1/2" wide and x 2" deep ( 15 cm x 12 cm x 5 cm ) and have lead plaques applied to the front and as well as the ‘British Bulldog’ they are also cast with ‘London 1941.’ It appears they may have originally had a felt base but is now missing . They have the odd chip and other marks which could be original battle damage as these were not made from pristine quarried stone . Due to their weight they are very functional and perfect for a small military or historical book shelf but do check delivery costs with us before order , particularly if you are based outside of the UK . Please also check out the Stonecraft ashtray which came from the same collection which we are also listing today .
6437 RAF C Type flying helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C Type flying helmet - This is an early example of the second pattern internally wired helmet so unlike many C helmets found this one would almost certainly be of wartime manufacture .
The leather shell is in good issued condition with very minor scuffing to the finish in a couple of areas. The snaps and clips for the E*, G ,or H pattern oxygen mask are all in place ; the snaps need to be treated with some respect if fitting an oxygen mask as they appear a little tender but fine for display purposes. All straps are good and the press studs are in place and working ; being an early spec helmet it features just two straps at the rear as opposed to four on post war C helmets . The rubber receiver carriers are good and firm with no splits and both are fitted with matched receivers marked with AM , Kings Crown and 10A/13466. The loom is the wider diameter wartime spec and the brown bell plug is marked 10H/10991. We have nothing here to test the avionics on so this helmet, like others offered, is for sale as a collectable only. The chinstrap is good but has lost some elasticity over the years . Inside the lining shows good honest service wear and it is named to the original owner ‘Barker’ with RAF service number 1812630. If any visitors to the site have any information on him please let us know and we can add detail to this description. One ear ‘doughnut’ has minor wear to the cover but all in all this is a good honest wartime C helmet in the condition it was in when it came out of service and no doubt it would have a story to tell . The size stamping is now indistinct but looks like 6 7/8 –7 which would make it a size 2 so RAF stores reference 22C/878. Not mint but these early examples of the second pattern C are becoming increasingly hard to find now -so grab it while you can!
6439 RFC Period Trench Art Bookshelf - Click for the bigger picture SoldRFC Period Trench Art Bookshelf - A very attractive example made from the tips of an early laminated propeller.Sadly we have no provenance with it but looking at the shape and construction of the salvaged timber we would date to WW1 Royal Flying Corps period. The bookshelf has simple clean cut lines and is in excellent condition and would make a unique and practical Christmas present for the aviation enthusiast in your life! It measures 13” long and stands 8” high (33 cm x 20 cm)

5078 Luftwaffe LKpW101 Winter flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKpW101 Winter flying Helmet - A classic of the standard pattern which was introduced into service in 1938 and then served throughout WW11. The brown leather leather shell is in excellent condition and still supple with a lambs wool interior lining which shows some service grub,commensurate with use. The goggle straps are good and the metal buckles and oxygen mask clips show none of the normal tarnishing or rust and are therefore likely to be the early nickel plated examples . The avionics are complete and the helmet is fitted with the early round Mi4C throat microphones coded bxo, an indication this helmet is from early production .This seems to be confirmed by the label that states the makers name Siemens rather than just a manufacturing code used on later production helmets . The helmet is fitted with a long communication cord and four-pole break coupling. A super helmet and and as a final bonus the helmet label is marked 59 making it a scarce large size which would correspond in RAF sizing to a generous size 4. This one certainly ticks all the boxes and whilst not mint and boxed it is a classic example that has most certainly seen some action . It won’t be with us long!

6378 Splitterschutzbrille Pattern Anti Splinter Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldSplitterschutzbrille Pattern Anti Splinter Flying Goggles - These came in with a small Luftwaffe collection we have recently purchased . The previous owner was sadly sold this set of second pattern Nitsche and Gunther pattern goggles as originals by an unscrupulous dealer and unfortunately this has proved an expensive exercise for him . Sadly many ‘replicas’ of this pattern are available on the market (some less generous would call them fakes) and when purchasing it is very much a case of ‘Caveat Emptor’ when considering parting with a large chunk of the collecting budget and even more so if you don’t have the goggles in your hand. Many of these replicas originated from the Czech Republic although we are told by our contacts in that country the gentleman who made them is no longer with us and production has (currently) ceased. We have no idea of the origins of this set but they have been decently executed but are let down by a less than convincing back strap . The rigid frames are excellent and on reverse they are indistinctly marked "NiGuRa" and on the opposite side is stamped a ‘2’. Excellent tinted glass convex lenses are fitted and displayed with the ‘Netzkopfhaube’ flying helmet we have just listed they look the business. So an ideal purchase for a film company or reenactor who would not want to risk using an original but equally appealing to a collector to set off a Luftwaffe flying helmet display- for the fraction of the price of the real thing. We were advised the last of the Czech production was being offered in 2012 at EU 500 so grab a bargain whilst you can!

6379 Leitz Pattern Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldLeitz Pattern Goggles - We recently bought this set with a small collection of Luftwaffe flight headgear.They are technically general purpose goggles intended for motorized troops but whilst this was their designated use they are seen in period photos being worn by Luftwaffe aircrew and a near identical pair is listed in Anders Skotte’s reference book 'Luftwaffe Flight Headgear' where he describes as ‘flight goggles’. In appearance they are often confused with Model 306 but when placed alongside they are noticeably smaller in terms of frame and lens size. The rubber cushions are 100% sound and no perishing and the stitching is perfect . The olive green alloy frames have almost all the original olive paint on them . The single screw central nose bar adjuster is marked M.W. and on opposite side is stamped 42 dating them to 1942 .The clear glass lenses fitted are exceptional and no fogging or damage.The original grey elastic back strap is fitted with correct adjusters but has lost some elasticity over the years but is fine for display purposes. Below each frame is a slide ventilation adjuster bar and really the only fault is on the right frame the adjuster end has broken off but does not notice or detract from a display point of view .The rubber face pads are stamped 18 and R on one and 28 on the other.All Luftwaffe flight goggles are getting very hard to find now so these represent an excellent alternative at an entry level price.
5176 Luftwaffe LKpN101 Netzkopfhaube Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKpN101 Netzkopfhaube Flying Helmet - this classic mesh flying helmet which has become synonymous with Luftwaffe fighter pilots in WW11.This example has a manufacturers label coded bxo indicating it was made by Deutsche Telphonwerke und Kabelindustrie AG,Berlin SO 36. The size stamp is 57 and hand written inside the crown is the name Hans Schmidt as well as D.F.L. which could be the initials of another owner. The helmet is in well used condition with a crack in the leather receiver housing on the left side whilst the netting is generally in very good shape. This example features tan leather receiver cups and provision for the Luftwaffe two point oxygen mask and is therefore an early pattern.This is reconfirmed by the throat microphones which are also marked bxo and Ln 26779-3 and are the earlier issue round type.The helmet carries the short communication cord favoured by fighter pilots but is interestingly fitted with what we believe to be a Russian issue 4 point communication plug and lead. This has clearly been retro fitted but can not establish if it was perhaps captured and subsequently used by a Russian airman or if the plug and cord has been replaced at a later date . We speculate this helmet may have been wreck recovered which would explain the damage mentioned and might explain the fitment of the Russian plug . We have seen cleaner helmets but this example still displays very well and is on offer at an entry level price.
1648 Russian Aviators Face Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRussian Aviators Face Mask - We were advised when purchased this mask was used by airmen in exposed crew positions to insulate the face and prevent frostbite and that it dates from circa WW11. We would not profess to be experts on Soviet era flying kit so we will leave it to prospective purchasers to ascertain exactly what we have here . We have however been able to match the mask very closely with a Russian example in an aviation museum so the facts look to be correct. It does not carry a makers label to give any clues although on the elastic straps are two ink stamps but these are not very clear but we can make out a ‘40’ that might indicate a manufacturing date of 1940? The mask itself is in excellent condition and made from soft tan leather with the inside being lined with short hair fur as found on a small rodent . So if you are into Russian flight clothing (or S & M!) this one could be for you!
4798 WW11 Fighter Aircraft Antenna Radio Mast - Click for the bigger picture SoldWW11 Fighter Aircraft Antenna Radio Mast - This is particularly nice example and clearly untouched since coming out of service. Surprisingly it has no data marks on it to help with an ID but our research indicates this to be a model AN-104-A of the type fitted to the P-51 Mustang. The hardwood body is enclosed in the original aluminium sheaf which carries much of the black paint showing service wear particularly to the leading edge. The mast is drilled at the top with a small hole to carry the aerial wire, whilst at the bottom is a female connector for a coax plug to carry the signal to the aircraft radio. The only damage to it is a split in the aluminium sheath on one side only but all in all it is an extremely impressive display item. Sadly the provenance of the aerial has been lost but it must certainly have a story to tell ! Measures 32 “ ( 81 cm )
5357 RAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - This is a fine example of an early post war helmet. Leather is very soft and retains all its original finish and the snaps are all functioning with most of the paint in place .This is a second pattern internally wired C helmet . These first entered service with the RAF ( and allies) in 1944 and was the standard issue helmet for aircrew for the rest of the war and continued post war until the first hard hat helmet was introduced in early 1950’s . The receivers are marked with AM ( Air Ministry ) and a Kings Crown and below 10A/13466.The rubber receiver carriers, often a weak point on these helmets, are very crisp and no degradation at all .The wiring loom is fitted the additional small retaining straps either side of the exit point on the rear of the helmet . A standard bell plug marked 10H/10991 is fitted and like all our stock whilst for sale as a collectable item only we have had the avionics tested and we are told these are all in good working order .The elastic chin strap has a small area of fraying but still retains elasticity. Inside the leather lining is excellent with just minor service wear .Even the inspectors AID approval mark is still visible . The size stamping on this helmet is not clear but believe we can just make out the code 879 stamped in the shell making it a fitting size 3 , the second largest size issued .These helmets in this size and condition are getting increasingly hard to find now and this one is well above the average .
1476 Trench Art Cigarette case - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Cigarette case - This example appears to have been made from aircraft alloy and has been finely worked by hand. One side features stylised flowers with a very 1930’s deco feel.The reverse carries another flower related pattern with a cartouche in the centre which may have been designed for initials or a name to be inserted but on this one it is blank. The hand made spring catch allows the case to open .Inside is an elastic strip to hold the cigarettes in place . Our feeling is this may have originated in North Africa and made by locals from wartime scrap for sale to the forces as a souvenir but it could also be an example of POW work . Either way it is an excellent example of the genre .Measures 5” x 3” ( 13 cm x 7.5 cm). Please also check out the other military cigarette cases we are listing today

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